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People you don't think about, but are glad they are there

Nothing means more to me than my children and their children. Nothing scares me more than when they or someone calls and says there's been an accident. Nothing makes me more comfortable than pulling up to the scene and seeing that the Anchorage Fire Department and Anchorage Police Department are there taking care of my loved ones while I'm on my way there.

Cassie had just dropped Trinity off at her moms house and then was on her way to school. She stopped as she always does at Starbucks that's inside Carrs / Safeway on Muldoon. The roads were very slick and many hadn't been sanded by the city or state trucks. She had Flo in 4 wheel drive and headed to school. The truck lost traction and hit the median and flipped on its roof.

Besides being very sore now, Cassie wasn't hurt. She unbuckled her seat belt and crawled out of the passenger rear window. A gentleman (who's name I didn't get but thanked personally) stopped to make sure she was OK and called 911.

Cassie called me from this gentleman's phone and I dropped everything and was there within 10 minutes. She was sitting in the fire engine staying warm while she waited on me and a wrecker. The Captain told me she was OK and brought me up to date on everything. The APD Officer stayed on scene until the wrecker arrived. Of course Flo was upside down in the middle of the road pointing the wrong direction.

Cassie had told me she was OK, but when the Fire Captain reconfirmed that, I started breathing again. These men and women we take for granted sometimes, but when your little girl is in danger........

I'm glad that she had Flo. A large old truck that helped protect her. Thanks Flo, you did your job. Thanks to the men and women of AFD & APD. Also, thanks to the gentleman who stopped to assist. You all are awesome!

For more pictures of Flo, click below.
2008-10-13

Comments

Meggie said…
OMG! What a frightening situation for you....and, of course, Cassie. So glad that Flo took good care of your little girl. I can imagine your heart skipping many beats as you approached the scene and saw Flo belly up...wow! Seems like there were many good people involved helping out. Many thanks to all of them.
RuthieJ said…
Oh how scary! I'm glad there were no serious injuries even though it looked pretty bad.
robin andrea said…
I'm so glad Cassie is safe and the baby wasn't in the car. That's quite an upside truck there. Cassie is so lucky she didn't get hurt. Absolutely three cheers for the people who come to our aid. Good job.
Gouldiae said…
G'day Dave,
I endorse all of the above comments.
Thinking of you and yours from Aus.
Gouldiae
Owlman said…
Glad everyone is ok. Most people don't realize that the majority of fire departments and rescue squads are volunteers. I'm glad that everyone is ok and that the FD and PD did a great job. I've been to many car accidents, but it's a million times scarier when your love ones are involved. On a safety note: October is fire safety month, so remember to change the batteries on your smoke and CO detectors. Stay safe and keep blogging - we'll be reading.
Clare said…
Good gosh Dave. I'm happy to hear that Cassie is alright. Good to hear she had her seatbelt on.
Dave said…
Thanks everyone. Cassie is doing fine, just a little sore. She put a down payment on a new to her truck today. We also went to lunch today.
Duncan said…
I'm a bit late coming in on this Dave, but I'm glad Cassie's OK. Good thing the bub wasn't in the truck. Every parent's nightmare.
Trixie said…
Holy Cow! Dave, that is seriously scary. It has been very slick. I am relieved everyone is safe.